We knew Michigan State was tough, but the Gophers had been looking more physical in their last three games.
- The Gophers were out-rebounded, 32-25, and far outshot. Minnesota was held to just 38.3 percent shooting on the night while MSU made 54.2 percent – 58.8 in the second half.
- Minnesota had a real chance late in the game, pulling within five with ten minutes on the clock. But Joe Coleman followed a steal with a turnover and the Gophers quickly slipped back to a double-digit deficit.
- Michigan State was very tough inside and the Gophers struggled to get many shots in the paint. They had just 20 to Michigan State’s 38.
- Rodney Williams had solid game with 15 points and 4 rebounds (as did Coleman with 9 points and 8 rebounds), but Williams understandably had a hard time controlling Green inside.
- Andre Hollins finished 0-5 tonight, but looked more aggressive at times in attacking the basket.
- The Gophers have not won at Michigan State (not counting the redacted records from 1994-99) since 1990, by far the longest drought of any Big Ten team.
- Austin Hollins after three solid games went scoreless.
- The Gophers drop to sole possession of ninth place in the conference with the loss.